Every year, Children’s Day is celebrated in Guatemala on October 1st. It is an occasion celebrated with great enthusiasm, happiness and love, which was established as a holiday around 1990.
It was in the year 1954 when the General Assembly of the United Nations recommended that all countries should have a Universal Children’s Day to promote the rights and well-being of children.The Assembly suggested to the state governments to celebrate this day on the date that each country chooses. For Guatemala and other Central and South American countries, the date is October 1st.
This day is long awaited in Guatemala since it seeks to promote and raise awareness of the rights, participation and well-being of children. Governmental institutions and educational establishments organize various events and activities like breaking piñatas, games, exchange of small gifts and candies, clown performances, face painting, and many others.
In many towns, people gather to celebrate this day with the kids with different activities to the delight of the children. In Guatemala, many children live in poverty, but this celebration is a good opportunity for them to forget about their problems and gives them hope and happiness.
The most important thing is that this special day puts a smile on every single kid’s face.